New- look Fire out­done in opener

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Mix Diskerud scored the even­tual game win­ner in the 63rd minute, and New York City FC beat the Fire 4- 3 on Sun­day at Toy­ota Park in a wild af­fair in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer sea­son opener for both teams

NYCFC’s Thomas McNa­mara scored the first goal in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion in the 10th minute, tak­ing a feed from Khiry Shel­ton at the top of the penalty area and curl­ing it into the up­per cor­ner. Nine min­utes later, Fire mid­fielder Raz­van Co­cis evened it on a bril­liant run. Tony Tay­lor and Shel­ton added goals to give NYCFC a 3- 1 ad­van­tage at the break.

Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, the Fire’s Kennedy Ig­boananike scored off a turnover and pass from David Ac­cam in the 49th minute. But Diskerud re­stored the two- goal lead in the 63rd, beat­ing Matt Lamp­son near- post.

Ac­cam wrapped up the scor­ing on a penalty kick af­ter a hand ball on Shel­ton.

Nine play­ers made their Fire de­buts, the most in a sin­gle game since the team’s ex­pan­sion sea­son in 1998.

“This is just the be­gin­ning of our phi­los­o­phy — even though we lost, we wanted to do more,’’ Ac­cam said. ‘‘ Th­ese young play­ers will learn and will hope­fully im­prove for the next games.’’

| JONATHAN DANIEL/ GETTY IM­AGES

De­fender Joao Meira, one of nine play­ers de­but­ing Sun­day with the Fire, pulls on the arm of NYCFC’s Khiry Shel­ton.

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